MFA Shop | Kashmir Loom Trunk Show
December 10–16, 2023
Guest Appearance by Asaf Ali
The MFA Shop hosts a special trunk show for Kashmir Loom, highlighting a diverse selection of contemporary, Kani weave, and Sozni embroidered cashmere shawls. They are created by Jenny Housego and Asaf Ali, together with his brothers in Srinagar, the lake capital of the Indian province of Kashmir. Housego and the brothers, with the team of master craftsmen at Kashmir Loom, have infused a modern soul into the woven and embroidered shawls from Kashmir Valley. They endeavor to preserve heritage while fostering its progress. As the creative force behind the company, Housego brings her training in art history and her deep love, knowledge, and respect for textiles from India and the Middle East as inspiration to the age-old art of shawl-making at Kashmir Loom.
Production in Kashmir takes place in small family workshops, nurturing dignity, pride, and humanity. Women sitting at the traditional hand “charka” wheel spin a pure gossamer yarn known as pashmina, or cashmere. This yarn is hand-woven into a supple, soft, yet warm fabric. The end product is a piece of extraordinary beauty and workmanship, a distinct impression of the human hand—an amalgamation of rich history, unprecedented quality, and artistic innovation.
Plan Your Visit
The MFA Shop is located on the street level of the Beck Building. No need to pay Museum admission—it’s always free to visit the MFA Shop. MFAH members receive a discount on purchases. For more information, call 713.639.7360.